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What’s in a name? Plenty if you’re a historical figure

By Linda Emley Every February we get a three-day weekend and lots of stores have a big promotion known as the “President’s Day Sale”, but it’s not really President’s Day…

At 100, Uncle Henry Williams cut wood, just slower than before

By Linda Emley If I lived to be 100 years old, what would I want to do on my 100th birthday? I could think of lots of fun things to…

Black History Month time to reflect on minority’s role in Ray

By Linda Emley Since February is Black History Month, I want to share some history about how it started. First I wanted to make sure it was politically correct to…

Ray history offers up poignant tales of love in time for Valentine’s Day

By Linda Emley In honor of Valentine’s Day, I want to share a couple of Ray County love stories that prove we all love in different ways. In 1841, 18-year-old…

Remembering when a shooting star landed here

By Linda Emley If you ask anyone in Richmond where the nearest airplane is, they’ll tell you it’s at the city park. We all know it’s there but the question…

Club found way to keep folks reading

By Linda Emley While looking over my files, I found one more story about our early libraries that I want to share. The Literary and Civic Improvement Club of Richmond was the…

Woman’s letter sheds light on Camden, county’s oldest house

By Linda Emley Last week I got to spend the day with two Camdenites. Don Rogers and Charles McCorkendale have been collecting information about Camden and Ray County for many…

Not just an Odd Fellow, but one with a long list of accomplishments

By Linda Emley I love reading old newspapers because you never know who or what you’ll find when you turn the page. The following article caught my eye for several…

All aboard! Henrietta to river

By Linda Emley Henrietta was known by many different names before it finally became Henrietta in 1925. At different times it was called Farmville, Henry, Lexington Junction and even the…

Civil War was fresh in Ray’s mind when 1881 history was published

By Linda Emley Many of my stories mention the book, History of Ray County, Mo. – “Carefully Written and Compiled from the Most Authentic Official and Private Sources. St. Louis:…